Prevent is one of the four elements of CONTEST, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. The Home Office works with local authorities and a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent Strategy.

The Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views

  • provides practical help to prevent individuals from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

  • works with a wide range of institutions (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal with.

The strategy covers all forms of terrorism, including far right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.

When attempting to identify extremist behaviour in a young person we often see many of the same characteristics that we see in other vulnerabilities, but some are specific to extremism.

Speak to us

Speak to your local Prevent Team if you would like to discuss any concerns on:

01392 225130

Please allow this number to ring until the answerphone connects as it calls all of our offices and may not be answered immediately.



Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
The pack is led by a power-point presentation, with video. A set of guidance notes leads the facilitator through the power-point presentation and contains suggestions for class activities. The Counter Terrorism and Security Act of 2015 . . . places a duty on certain bodies to have due regard to the need to prevent terrorism. This package has been produced by Avon and Somerset Constabulary in partnership with Bristol City Council as part of their Trading with Schools materials and represents a partnership approach. The package is not specific to Bristol and may be used in any area. This lesson plan is written by qualified teachers in Bristol. The Home Office have listed it on their list of resources for countering radicalisation (Prevent) and it is listed with the Time Education Supplement website.
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Run, Hide, Tell

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
The Run, Hide, Tell resource pack has been produced by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), as part of their ACT for YOUTH campaign to inform 11-16 year olds of how best to react to a gun or knife terror attack. The PSHE . . . Association has produced teaching materials for the pack, comprising lesson plans for key stage 3 and key stage 4 as well as detailed teacher guidance to support you to deliver this sensitive material confidently and safely. These materials are designed to be used with the included video, available in subtitled, Welsh and BSL versions. This is a secondary resource and is not intended for use with younger children.
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Act Early

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent. Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.



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14/03/2022 : Boy, 15, charged with terrorism offences, Met Police says

03/01/2022 : Glorification of Plymouth shooter by ‘incels’ prompts calls for action

Documents and Publications

Safeguarding and radicalisation: learning from children’s social care Research report

This report presents findings from exploratory research commissioned by the Department for Education . . . (DfE) in order to update their understanding of how radicalisation is being addressed in children’s social care. The research took place between September 2020 and March 2021. It draws together and builds on learning across the children’s social care sector and key partners in relation to managing cases of radicalisation and extremism.

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